Asenso Metro 3rd Burial Assistance Program Launched

The Asenso Metro 3rd Burial Assistance Program provides access to funeral and burial services to qualified residents of the Third District of Negros Occidental. The Program brings together the resources and efforts of the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the Third District with the leadership of Congressman Alfredo Benitez, formalizing the district-wide implementation with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The Program is open to all bona-fide residents of the cities of Talisay, Silay and Victorias , and the municipalities of E.B. Magalona and Murcia. The claimant is the resident who requests for burial assistance for a deceased immediate family member. The beneficiary who is the deceased must also be a bona-fide resident of the Third District. It will start today with the signing of the MOU and formal launching. The MOU sets the duration of the program for two years, July 2017 to July 2019.

All LGUs have designated Technical Working Groups tasked to properly implement the Program. Each LGU has a designated office to receive and process requests for burial assistance. Requests received by the Congressional District Office will be endorsed for the processing and action to the claimant’s city municipality.

The claimant must process all requirements within 45 working days after death of the family member: a) Duly accomplished request form for burial assistance; (b) Photocopy of voter’s ID/Voter certification or any government issued ID of claimant; (c) Certificate of residency or claimant stating his/her relationship with deceased; (d) Certified True Copy of Death Certificate; (e) SSS/GSIS verification letter; (f) Duly accomplished Burial Assistance Program Form.

Qualified beneficiaries will receive burial assistance depending on the following circumstances. Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) for deceased who is not a member of the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) or any private insurance. Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000.00) for deceased who is a member of the SSS, GSIS or any private insurance. The beneficiary or the deceased can only received burial assistance once. In cases where there are more than one claimant for only one beneficiary, the claimant who is the nearest of kin will receive the burial assistance.

When Cong. Albee started his first term in 2010, he committed to bring change in the delivery of programs and services through a new mind-set in governance and public service.

Working on his I-HELP (infra-health-housing-social services-livelihood-policy) Programs, Congressman Alfredo “Albee” Benitez led LGUs to convergence and synergy to transform lives of constituents by veering away from traditional ways. His focus is always on thinking outside the box and innovation to ensure that basic services and development are readily accessible to all.

For the first time in the Third District, a basic need of constituents to cope with the inevitable loss of a loved one-the grief and expenses, is attended to and the delivery of this assistance is now integrated and institutionalized for residents from all walks of life. Padayon ang Asenso sa “Tabang sa Kalisod”.*